Paralyzed Girl Wins $30 Million In Defective Lap Belt Suit

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A 10-year-old girl was driving in the rear middle seat of her grandfather’s truck when a drunk driver crossed the center line of a Philadelphia road and struck the vehicle.

Joel J. Feller, who was co-counsel on the case, argued that the occupant restraint system for rear passengers was defectively designed by the truck maker and, as a result, the girl’s body was caused to jackknife, leaving her with spinal injuries and permanent paralysis.

Several days into the trial, the truck maker agreed to settle the case for $30 million.

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